Programs

A minimum of 40 credits of coursework is required. Any course that devotes 50% or more of its substance to the region, peoples, or issues may count toward the major. The equivalent of two years of college-level foreign language study is required for all majors except South Asian which strongly encourages, but not requires, language study. As these majors are interdisciplinary, Asian Studies students are required to take courses related to their major in other departments on campus. The department offers minors in  Asian Studies, Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese study of other Asian languages is possible through the Five College Consortium. See the Asian Studies chapter of the course catalog for detailed information on requirements for the major and course offerings. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College’s Learning Goals.

Asian Studies Major

A minimum of 40 credits of course work on Asia. Any course that devotes 50% or more of its substance to Asian countries, peoples, or issues may count toward the major.  One (1) course (4 credits) on Asian diasporas in any discipline may count toward the major. 

Requirements for the major are:

1. Four (4) courses (16 credits), equivalent to two years of college-level study of an Asian language.  Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean are offered at Mount Holyoke, and other Asian languages are available through the Five Colleges.  No more than four (4) credits taken through the Five College Mentored Language Program may be counted toward the major.

2.  Three (3) introductory courses (12 credits):  History 137 (“Modern East Asia”) on East Asia; either History 124 (“Modern South Asia”) or Asian Studies 103 (“Introduction to Indian Civilization”), on South Asia; and either History 111 (“The Making of the Modern Middle East”) or International Relations 211 (“Middle East Politics”), on the Middle East.

3.  Three (3) non-language courses (12 credits) at the 300-level, including courses at least two of the three regions covered by Asian Studies – East Asia, South Asia, Middle East. A course that is taught outside of Mount Holyoke must be approved by the chair of the Asian Studies Program to count as a 300-level course.

East Asian Studies Major

A minimum of 40 credits of course work on East Asia. Any course that devotes 50% or more of its substance to East Asian countries, peoples, or issues may be included in the major.  One (1) course on East Asian diasporas (e.g., Asian-American Studies) may count toward the major. 

Requirements for the major are:

1. Four (4) courses (16 credits), equivalent to two years of college-level study of an East Asian language--Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, all taught at Mount Holyoke and elsewhere in the Five Colleges. A maximum of 16 lower level language credits and a total of 24 language credits can be counted towards the major.

2. History 137 (“Modern East Asia”). 

3. At least three additional courses (12 credits), including at least one from each of the following two groups:

  • Group One: Humanities, (literature, art, history, philosophy, and religion and interdisciplinary courses in these areas). Note: Language courses are not included in this group).  In order to count toward the major, Studio Art or performance courses must be supplemented with analytical written work
  • Group Two: Social Sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, linguistics, politics, and sociology interdisciplinary courses in these areas).

At least three (3) courses (12 credits) must be 300-level courses. A course that is taught outside of Mount Holyoke must be approved by the chair of the Asian Studies Program to count as a 300-level course. One (1) of the three 300-level courses must be a non- language course.

Please use this fillable EAS Major Planning Form

Middle Eastern Studies Major

A minimum of 40 credits of course work on the Middle East. Any course that devotes 50% or more of its substance to Middle Eastern countries, peoples, or issues may be counted toward the major.  One (1) course on Middle Eastern diasporas may count toward the major. 

Requirements for the major are: 

1. Four (4) courses (16 credits), equivalent to two years of college-level study of a Middle Eastern language, such as Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Persian, and Armenian. Classes in Arabic and Modern Hebrew are currently taught in the Five Colleges. Additional courses in Arabic and in other languages are offered through the Five College Mentored Language Program.  Students may count up to four (4) credits toward the major for studying a Middle Eastern language through the Five College Mentored Language Program. A maximum of 16 lower level language credits and a total of 24 language credits can be counted toward the major.

2. Two (2) introductory courses (8 credits) providing an overview of Middle Eastern history. One course (4 credits) must be in the premodern period (pre-1500 CE) and one course (4 credits) must be in the modern period (1500-present). The following courses fulfill the premodern history requirement: History 108 (“Middle East History from the Rise of Islam to the Ottomans”); Religion 202 (“Introduction to Islam”). The following courses may be used for the modern history requirement: History 111 (“The Making of the Modern Middle East”); International Relations 211 (“Middle East Politics”).

3. Four (4) elective courses (16 credits), two (2) of which (8 credits) must be from

  • Group One: Humanities (language, literature, the arts, history, philosophy, and religion and interdisciplinary courses in these areas); In order to count toward the major, Studio Art or performance courses must be supplemented with analytical written work.

and two (2) (8 credits) must be from

  • Group Two: Social Science (anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, linguistics, politics, sociology, and interdisciplinary courses in these areas).

At least three (3) courses (12 credits) must be 300-level courses. A course that is taught outside of Mount Holyoke must be approved by the chair of the Asian Studies Program to count as a 300-level course.  One (1) of the three 300-level courses must be a non-language course.

South Asian Studies Major

A minimum of 40 credits of course work on South Asia. Any course that devotes 50% or more of its substance to South Asian countries, peoples, or issues may count toward the major.  Majors are strongly encouraged, but not required, to pursue study of a South Asian classical or modern language through the Five College Mentored Language Program, summer study, or study abroad.  Students may count up to four (4) credits toward the major for studying a South Asian language through the Five College Mentored Language Program.  One (1) course (4 credits) on South Asian diasporas may count toward the major. 

Requirements for the major are:

1.  One (1) course (4 credits) in modern South Asian history (e.g. History 124, “Modern South Asia”) and one (1) course (4 credits) on pre-modern and/or early modern South Asia (c. 3000 BCE to 1700 CE) (e.g. Art History 263 “Arts of India”, Asian Studies 254 “Great Epics of India”, Religion 167 “Introduction to Hinduism”, or Religion 163 “Introduction to Buddhism”). 

2.  Eight (8) elective courses (32 credits), two (2) of which (8 credits) must be from

  • Group One:  Humanities (history, religion, philosophy, literature, language, the arts, and interdisciplinary courses in these areas)
    In order to count toward the major, Studio Art or performance courses must be supplemented with analytical written work

and one (1) (4 credits) must be from

  • Group Two: Social Science (anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, linguistics, politics, sociology, and interdisciplinary courses in these areas).

At least three (3) courses (12 credits) must be 300-level courses. A course that is taught outside of Mount Holyoke must be approved by the chair of the Asian Studies Program to count as a 300-level course. One (1) of the three 300-level courses must be a non- language course.

 

Arabic Minor

  • At least 16 credits in Arabic language courses at the 200-level or higher
  • At least two 300-level courses in Arabic
  • Independent Studies (295 or 395) do not count toward the minor
  • Language courses that are not taken at MHC must be approved by the head of the Arabic program at Mount Holyoke College to count toward the minor
  • Courses taught in English do not count toward minor.

Asian Studies Minor

  • There is no language requirement for the minor.
  • At least 16 credits of Asian studies courses (including all courses that count toward the Asian Studies major or minor) at the 200 level or higher, only 8 of which can be in language.
  • At least 4 credits must be at the 300 level:
  • Courses should be selected from at least two disciplines.
  • No more than one Asian American studies course may be counted toward the Asian studies minor.

Chinese Minor

  • At least 16 credits of Chinese language courses at the 200 level or higher.
  • At least two 300-level courses in Chinese Independent Studies (295 / 395) do not count toward the minor.
  • Language courses that are not taken at MHC must be approved by the head of the Chinese program at Mount Holyoke College to count toward minor
  • Courses taught in English do not count toward the minor.

Japanese Minor

  • At least 16 credits of Japanese language courses at the 200 level or higher.
  • At least two 300-level courses in Japanese.
  • Independent Studies (295 / 395) do not count toward the minor.
  • Language courses that are not taken at MHC must be approved by the head of the Japanese program at Mount Holyoke College to count toward minor.
  • Courses taught in English do not count toward the minor.

Asian/Pacific/American Studies Certificate

As railroad workers and refugees, dance hall performers and PhDs, as businessmen and organizers, soldiers and interpreters, Asian/Pacific/Americans have played an integral role in American history.

From diverse origins, Asian/Pacific/Americans have forged solidarity among themselves as well as with African Americans, Latin@s, and American Indians to counter the exploitation of a racialized marketplace and discriminatory law.

Asian/Pacific/American students formed the backbone of the movement to establish A/P/A studies at colleges and universities throughout the United States. The A/P/A experience provides fundamental perspectives on the American experience as well as the legacies of colonialism and dynamics of globalization.

The Certificate Program is overseen by a committee of faculty representing several disciplines from all of the Five College institutions. Please see the Five College Consortium website for more information.